Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss. If you are looking, you can find a lesson in any given thing. Take NASCAR for example, you can incorporate 5 things they do, into your daily work experience to enhance your performance and/or mindset.
Number one, make your encounters like pit stops. Keep them short but make them count; you may only get the opportunity to make a meaningful impression a few times.
Number two, be nice but not too nice. It is a great thing to be a team player and agreeable to earn the respect of your peers, but sometimes you need to be aggressive in the turn and take calculated risks.
Number three, expect bumps along the way. Any NASCAR fan knows it is exciting for the viewers when two or more cars make contact, but for the driver it can lead to mayhem both in their head and on the track. Your workday is no different. No matter how much we would like, the day can not always go smoothly, so expect the bumps but also get creative on how to minimize the damage.
Along with that is number four, consistency is key. Each lap around the track counts for something and is crucial because it determines your position in the next lap. Your job is the same way, you may have those bumps like we talked about in number three but getting back in that car will set you up for success in the future.
Lastly, keep your confidence but drop your ego. Having confidence is an amazing attribute to have in life, but do not let that grow and turn you arrogant. You’re only as good as your last race. One of the best things you can do is take a step back and look at what is going on around you. Once we appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life.